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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)

TITLE: Angel Faces
By Jillian Hill
10/06/05


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Sara stood in the middle of Katherine’s flower garden crying. It did not seem possible that she had buried her sixteen-year-old daughter today. But the hole in her heart reminded her it was true. Katherine would not return to this place she had created.

After learning of her cancer two years ago Katherine had spent most of her time here tending each flower while spending time with God. In the far corner of the garden Sara could see the pansies were in full bloom. They had been Katherine’s favorite. When asked about them Katherine would say, “I like to think the faces in the pansies are angels that God has sent to watch over me.”


Sara knew better though. God had not sent his angels to watch and protect. She wasn’t even sure if God himself was paying attention to her life right now. If he was, why was he allowing this pain? Where was his comfort? Where was his peace? Unable to handle the silence that surrounded her she screamed “God! Why, Why?! She had her whole life ahead of her. Why couldn’t you take me instead?” Sinking to her knees she wept. Her heart was aching so strongly it made her chest hurt.

David rushed to his wife and gathered her in his arms. “Sara hold on to me.” Then he began to pray “Please Lord help us. That was our baby girl. Give us strength as only you can”. Sitting in the middle of Katherine’s flower garden, David and Sara held each other and wept.

That night Sara slipped silently from her bed and went to Katherine’s room. Standing in the doorway she held back a sob as the memories of the last sixteen years flooded her mind. Stumbling to the bed Sara picked up the bear that Katherine had received on her second birthday. Sara smiled remembering the secret notes she would hide for Katherine in the backpack the bear wore. Unzipping it Sara pulled out a folded piece of notebook paper. Turning on the lamp she began to read.

Dear Momma,

If you are reading this I must be gone. I am so sorry Momma. I know you are hurting because I am hurting at the thought of not being with you. But you are strong and have a faith in God that I have always admired. I know you may not believe that right now but it was because of your example that I chose to accept Christ. Momma I know where I am going and so in the middle of my sorrow there is joy. I get to be with Jesus! No more chemo and cancer. Imagine Momma my head full of hair! I found a verse today that I hope one day will give you comfort. Isaiah 57:1-2 ‘The righteous pass away; the godly often die before their time. And no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For the godly who die will rest in peace’.

You see God did protect me in his way. And Momma I am at peace. I love you with all of my heart and I pray that the Angel faces in the pansies will always surround you.

Katherine

Sara sat thinking on her daughters’ last words as the tears fell. “Lord, thank you for the gift of this letter. I still don’t understand why my daughter had to die but I know understanding would not make the pain any easier to bear. Please let my little girl know I love her. And I will be home soon.”


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Alexandra Wilkin10/10/05
For any parent who has lost a child, this piece will touch them deeply. Honest, tender and very moving. God bless.
Anita Neuman10/12/05
I cried through the whole thing. This was so well-written - your character-development was brilliand and realistic. This family's circular legacy of faith was beautifully portrayed. Find a peer editor to help you with punctuation (commas between phrases etc.) Beautiful story!
Garnet Miller 10/13/05
This is a tearjerker! I like that she admitted that knowing the reason her daughter was gone would not stop the pain. Very authentic emotion. Thank you.